5 wonderfully intensive and stimulating days at Anna´s weave studio in the beautiful moutain setting of the Ribeira Sacra, some 2 hours from Santiago de Compostela with two fairly experienced weavers as students. A busy time, working hard, setting up looms, getting to grips with double weave, enjoying the local wine.
A real sense of wonder, accompanying the students and encouraging them to discover the real wonder of being able to design double weave fabrics on one´s own – instead of copying instructions from a book or a set of course notes.
“I felt inspired coming to this course – but I´m going back home even more inspired”
“I can´t wait to get home to do more sampling”
A great course experience, so thank you Mercedes and Estela and see you here again for some natural dyeing or Weavepoint tuition! Anna.
Anna´s special approach to teaching is to encourage students to learn for themselves – and really get to grips with what the threads and loom shafts are actually doing when a double weave fabric is made.
Sample woven by Estela with areas of 2-block double weave and plainweave with colour-and-weave effects.
Both pupils are fairly experienced weavers – Mercedes Blanco, (Artesanía Mercedes Blanco) y Estela Sánchez.
Does it seem difficult to weave 4 layers of fabric, one underneath another, on an 8-shaft loom? In the course you have the chance to weave a sample and discover yourself how it´s constructed and woven.
Double weave seen from the inside – one layer black, the other white
Anna shows students how to use the double weave design sheets that encourage real understanding of how double weave fabrics are made on 8 shaft looms
El ambiente en Anna Champeney Estudio Textil ha sido relajado y estimulante. En los bajos de la casa típìca de piedra donde se imparte el curso se protege del fuerte calor de agosto.
There are so many possible samples to weave – Anna guides students through different variations but students are able to follow their own inclinations and try out variations that occur to them.
Mercedes´ elegant black and white sample with colour and weave effects
Intense concentration, yes. But also humour, wine tasting and lots of weavery conversations